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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.9 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Arizona 6.1% +1.6 +1.3
Phoenix 4.8% +0.9 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in December 2009 at 214,167. There are now 94,617 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 95,540 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 24,010. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 119,550 +21,315 +14,655

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 12.6%
March
2020
4.4% 6.1% 4.8% 119,550
February
2020
3.5% 4.5% 3.9% 98,235
January
2020
3.6% 4.5% 3.9% 98,430
December
2019
3.5% 4.5% 3.8% 97,168
November
2019
3.5% 4.5% 3.9% 97,875
October
2019
3.6% 4.5% 3.9% 98,828
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.0% 99,951
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.0% 101,196
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 102,378
June
2019
3.7% 4.8% 4.1% 103,322
May
2019
3.6% 4.8% 4.2% 104,062

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.